Today is the last day a team can offer former players arbitration. Cashman and company have some big decisions to make. Do they offer Damon and Matsui arbitration? If so and accepted they will probably pay about $15MM to them next year. Do they offer it to Pettitte? After incentives Pettitte made about $10.5 this past season and would probably stand to make about $12MM if accepted. That isn't to say they could work out contracts before the arbitration dates. Players have until December 7 to accept arbitration offers.
We could also see contract offers made to any of those players as well. The team is set to discuss budgets this week down in Tampa. I wouldn't be surprised to see a 2 year deal offered to Damon for about $10MM per season. The budget meeting is also critical because the Winter Meetings will begin next week on December 7. The general consensus from the "insiders" is that there will be a lot of deals happening during the meetings this year. Will the Yankees make a big trade at the meetings or possibly even before? We will have to wait and see.
I know this was touched on in some earlier comments, the true voice of the NY Yankees Bob Sheppard (not Sterling or Kay) has officially retired. I know all things must come to an end, but I was a little sad to learn that he has never even been to the new Stadium and missed the entire 2009 season including this World Series. Hope he at least gets over to watch a game from his booth sooner rather than later. At least Jeter will carry his voice forward.